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Specialty Areas

Intensive repeated measures designs, psychometrics, health decision-making, health disparities, physician decision-making, latent variable and mixed modeling, and survey sampling and design.

Education and Experience

BA: Purdue University, 2003; MA: University of Connecticut, 2005; PhD: University of Connecticut, 2009; Postdoctoral Fellow: Duke University, 2009-2012; Postdoctoral Fellow: University of Connecticut Health Center, 2012-2013; Statistician/Psychometrician: Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2014-2015; Deputy Director: Biostatistics and Survey Methods Core, UNC Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication, 2014-2015; Director: Biostatistics and Survey Methods Core, UNC Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication, 2015-2019; Assistant Professor: Department of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2015-2019; Assistant Professor: Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, 2019-present.

Personal Statement

I am a biostatistician The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute. I conduct research focused on psychometrics, novel applications of intensive repeated measures designs, substance use, health communication, and the effect of stress and coping processes on health decision-making. Another area of my research examines how group-specific stressors can negatively affect health outcomes, especially for historically marginalized groups. As part of my work at NC TraCS, I serve as the biostatistics faculty mentor for the CTSA KL2 Program as well as for the UNC BIRCWH Program.

Selected Bibliography

Lee, J. G. L., Gilbert, J., Ranney, L., Goldstein, A. O., Boynton, M. H. (2019). Resilience and risk for tobacco use in a national probability sample of sexual and gender minority adults. Health Education and Behavior.

Kelley, D. E., Boynton, M. H., Noar, S. M., Morgan, J. C., Mendel, J. R., Ribisl, K. M., Stepanov, I., Nylander-French L. A., Brewer, N. T. (2017) Effective message elements for disclosures about chemicals in cigarette smoke. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntx109.

Boynton, M. H., Agans, R., Bowling, J. M., Brewer, N. T., Sutfin, E., Goldstein, A., Noar, S. M., & Ribisl, K. (2016). Understanding how perceptions of tobacco constituents and the FDA relate to effective and credible tobacco risk messaging: A national phone survey of U.S. adults, 2014-2015. BMC Public Health, 16:516, 1-13. doi:10.1186/s12889-016-3151-5

Boynton, M. H. & Richman, L. S. (2014). An online daily diary study of alcohol use using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. Drug and Alcohol Review, 33, 456-461. doi:10.1111/dar.12163;  PMID: 24893885; PMCID: PMC4107053

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